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5 best Minecraft Java Edition ray tracing-like shaders

Minecraft Java Edition ray tracing-like shaders (Image via Sonic Ether)
Minecraft Java Edition ray tracing-like shaders (Image via Sonic Ether)
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Ellie Whittam

Minecraft shaders were created with the idea in mind to bring a more realistic and immersive look to the popular blocky game.

Since the initial shaders mod that was released to be compatible with one of the earlier versions of the game, shader pack creators have gone above and beyond. The technology has improved over the years to make some of the most beautiful and immersive packs to install into a player's Minecraft world.

The Minecraft shader pack community is so tight-knit, and many creators actually communicate and get advice from others to create the best possible product for Minecraft players.

Ray tracing is yet to become to a reality in Java Edition. Players eager to experience ray tracing in Minecraft can try shaders with ray tracing like lighting and textures.

Here are some of the best shaders for a ray tracing-like experience for players to test out in their own worlds.

Note: These shaders might only work until the Minecraft 1.17 version.


Top 5 Minecraft Java Edition ray tracing-like shaders

#5 - Ebin Shaders

Ebin Shaders (Image via Craftance, YouTube)
Ebin Shaders (Image via Craftance, YouTube)

The Ebin shader pack is honestly one of the most beautiful packs to download when it comes to ambiance and atmosphere.

Wherever the player spawns, this Minecraft shader pack improves the player's surroundings exponentially. Trees look incredibly realistic, puffy clouds cover the skies, and sunshine shines through the thinner parts of the clouds, which is really interesting.

The creator of this pack worked alongside quite a few of the other shader creators on this list to ensure the best product for those anticipating its release.

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#4 - Chocapic13's Shaders

Chocapic13's Shaders (Image via CurseForge)
Chocapic13's Shaders (Image via CurseForge)

Chocapic13's Minecraft shader pack is one of the darkest shader packs that can be downloaded by players at the moment.

This pack is perfect for those players who love their luminous blocks like glowstone, shroomlights, lanterns, and more. It really brings a mysterious yet elegant look to the build, and it's an amazing shader pack to download, especially if players are into adventure maps and things of that sort.

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#3 - Continuum Shaders

Continuum Shaders (Image via Continuum Graphics)
Continuum Shaders (Image via Continuum Graphics)

The Continuum shader pack is one of the most used shader packs alongside the next two on this list. These shaders are absolutely gorgeous and work with almost every aesthetic a player may have.

They work perfectly with industrial builds, cottagey cute builds, and even medieval houses and cities. These shaders are absolutely worth it for players who not only want great gameplay but amazing screenshots of their works and builds.

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#2 - Sildur's Shaders

Sildur's Shaders (Image via Sildur's Shaders)
Sildur's Shaders (Image via Sildur's Shaders)

The Minecraft Sildur's Shaders shader pack is one of the original shader packs out there that dabbled in using ray tracing-like features.

The shader pack is gorgeous without influencing the overall look of much of the Minecraft blocks. This makes it a great shader pack for players who are either easing their way into using shaders or just want a subtle amount of ray tracing to enhance their game.

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#1 - SEUS shaders (Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders)

SEUS shaders (Image via Sonic Ether)
SEUS shaders (Image via Sonic Ether)

The SEUS shader pack is easily the most popular shader pack for Minecraft Java Edition to have ever been created, and for a good reason.

This pack brings so much realism and life into the game, adding texture to almost every block, shadows and highlights where needed, and so much more.

Having the player's bedroom facing the sunrise is basically a must-have with this pack. It makes every sunrise and sunset so much more beautiful, the clouds are impeccable, and so much more.

You can download it here


For detailed guides, walkthroughs, tips & more, check out SK Minecraft Wiki

Edited by Shaheen Banu
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